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Diabolic Edict 
Tempest Common

Reviewed March 11, 2004

Constructed: 4.1
Casual: 3.1
Limited: 3.3

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* game store owner in CA,

Huge creatures from the grave getting you down?  This should take care of them. In limited, it's aiiiight.  In casual, not very fun. 

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 3
Current Price: Diabolic Edict $2

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

 Thursday - Diabolic Edict

A great card to be able to take out untargetable creatures (assuming it is the only creature on the board). This has been used, both back when it was Type 2, and now in Extended, as a great defense. These days, it is used as a defense against Reanimator, and it does a great job taking out the Sutured Ghoul that that deck produces. Highly recommended, at least as a sideboard card, if you are playing black.

In casual, it might help, and it might not. I would much rather play stuff like Terror and Dark Banishing than this.

In limited, it doesn't have much affect at all. Your opponent will have too many creatures, and it likely won't help to get rid of his worst one.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 2
Limited: 1.5


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)
* pro tour player
* Scrye writer since 2002

Thursday - Diabolic Edict

I'm glad we have this card on the list for the week. I'd been pretty rough on cards up to this point and I was beginning to sound like a jerk. Anyway, this card is an amazing constructed card. It's instant speed removal that doesn't target a creature in black. That's huge.

It would seem to me that this is just an OK casual card honestly. Limited players would take this card simply to have more removal.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 3

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Diabolic Edict
"Eat something!" were the encouraging words that James Jenkins, charter
member of the Texas Guildmages many years ago, would say whenever he cast
Diabolic Edict. It was from a Subway commercial back then where Blond Haired
Clever Guy (he was in all their commercials back then) checks out this
super-skinny super model and tells her to "Eat something". At first, we
didn't think this card was amazing, since it didn't target. It didn't take
long to learn that this could be its greatest advantage. Black decks would
run this card as well as Terror. Terror the non-black creatures, then use
Diabolic Edict to get rid of the remaining creature that Terror could not
touch. Removing untargetable creatures like Morphling was one of the best
uses of this very good card. In limited, you always played as many as you
could get.
CASUAL:           4.0
LIMITED:           4.0

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Diabolic Edict


Ah, one of the staple cards of Magic. This card is so good it has become synonymous with a TYPE of card. If the card makes your opponent sacrifice a creature, you say ďedict you,Ē whether you are casting an actual Diabolic Edict or not.  I canít say enough good things about this card. It has its limits, namely not being able to pick which card they sacrifice, but the card is always an even trade, and cheap removal.


Casual:                         5

Constructed:                 5

Limited:                        5


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Thursday-Diabolic Edict

Removal at instant speed is pretty good. Diabolic Edict has always been a good card and really saw a lot of use in the extended format. It surprises your opponent in combat and its casting cost has always made it extremely appealing to splash. In every format I would play this card if it was available. I thinks its one of the best creature removal spells in blacks history.

Constructed 4
Casual 4
Limited 4

2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Diabolic Edict


Welcome to the card that helped make Morphling less of a problem in your life.  This incarnation of Edict (kudos to whoever can name all of the other Edicts) has seen play in a whole slew of decks; its ability to deal with monsters like the aforementioned shapeshifter and Masticore has kept it appealing through the years.  Itís been surpassed by Chainerís Edict in the eyes of most people due to the flashback ability, but this is still a fantastic card.


In limited, it lacked the punch that it had in constructed.  Your worst creature in limited is generally much worse than your worst creature in constructed; youíre not getting much punch out of this.  Nonetheless, this is still playable; dealing with the turn-two guy in Tempest draft was pretty important if you wanted to try to get ahead in tempo.


This is a fine card for casual play, though a bit too focused; you might want to look at Innocent Blood to perform a similar effect and yet be able to deal with everyone at the table.  This fits really well into this casting cost for Mental; casting this EOT, then flashing back Chainerís during your main phase is pretty funny.


Constructed:  3.5

Limited:  2.5

Casual:  3.0


Diabolic Edict is on my list of best spells ever made. Cheap efficient creature removal is always a blessing whatever form it takes. A spell that doesn't rely on damage, doesn't allow for regeneration, and diminishes the power of sacrificing in response is just icing on the cake. The mixed blessing with this card is that you can't choose a target. In formats where Blastoderms and similar cards abound this is a great effect. Against most creature heavy and weenie decks this isn't so good and the Edict needs to be backed up by mass removal.

Constructed - A great card for most any deck - 4

Limited - A solid pick every time - 3.5

Casual - Yep here too - 3.5

PEZ - One of the signature cards of this format - 4.5


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 Diabolic Edict

Iím surprised that we didnít review this when its replacement came out in Torment. (Chainerís Edict) Now we get the original. This is a one hit wonder and itís an instant. Very useful for MBC. It would definitely see play today. I havenít seen it used very much in extended, but I doubt it will make too much of a difference as Extended has a little less control than aggro. But a nicely timed Edict can be a nasty surprise for your opponent.

In Casual, itís control. It might actually be fun to play this. Making them sac a huge creature can be fun.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 2

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